Sometimes standing up for liberty is a lonely task.
The Buckeye Institute’s Statehouse Liaison Greg Lawson testified before the Ohio House Judiciary Committee today on why the state’s civil asset forfeiture law needs to be reformed. This is the Judiciary Committee’s third hearing on the reform proposal (H.B. 347).
Six prosecutors and a police chief testified against H.B. 347 before Greg spoke eloquently for reform.
Many police and prosecutors are concerned that restricting their power to seize assets in a civil procedure — without having to prove a person’s criminal guilt — will make their jobs harder to do.
“Repeal will only benefit criminals,” said Union County Prosecuting Attorney David W. Phillips to the committee.
He added: “The primary objection to civil forfeiture is that a criminal conviction is not necessary before property is forfeited. It is not always possible to obtain a conviction. This should not be an obstacle to forfeiture.”
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